SCOTT CITY — Sublette resident Susan Miller, while doing some early Christmas shopping Saturday at the Whimmydiddle Arts and Crafts Fair in Scott City, remembers her late father selling handmade wooden products at the event.

Miller said that while the drive from Sublette to Scott City may seem like a far distance, it is not for the event that is like a family tradition she wants to continue.

“I try to come every year to do some Christmas shopping and decor for my home,” Miller said, before explaining her father was a vendor in the arts and crafts event.

“Oh yes, we always like the food, too,” Miller said.

Sublette resident Deanna Myers, who missed the event the last few years, saw the advertisement for Whimmydiddle and called her friend, Miller, to say they should attend.

“Absolutely, it’s worth it,” Myers said. “It’s just a fun place to find things you can’t find (elsewhere).”

She said what makes Whimmydiddle even more special is the event is held in western Kansas, so items that you might expect to see only in the bigger cities can be purchased locally.

Whimmydiddle, which attracted thousands of people Saturday, offered a friendly, hometown venue for artists and for people to show their quality, handcrafted items.

The fair traditionally comes to Scott City Park on the last Saturday of September, and this year it featured more than 200 exhibitors from across the United States who brought original art, metalwork, pottery and crafts in wood, fabric, jewelry, silk and dried flowers.

Whimmydiddle also offered a variety of food concessions, that included barbecue, funnel cakes, roasted corn and shaved ice.

Jim Unruh, who has lived in Scott City since 1947, said he has attended the event for more than 15 years to meet and talk to people, but not to purchase anything.

“We live in Scott City and enjoy meeting people,” he said. “I am buying very little, but am looking a lot. I am not really interested that much in arts and crafts.”

His wife, on the other hand, buys a lot of knick-knacks each year at the arts and crafts event, he said.

Kelly Robbins, of Scott City, said her family attended the event for the variety and to support her daughter, who along with other members of the Scott City High School band, were selling barbecued food to raise money.

Robbins, who tries to attend Whimmydiddle every year, added that the arts and crafts event is Scott City’s biggest attraction every year.

Oakley resident Trudi Corn seemed to know a lot of people who attended the event. She explained that she once lived in Sublette and has a daughter who lives in Garden City, so people from three communities know her.

“This is a meeting point,” Corn said.

Andrell Graves traveled from Satanta to Scott City to attend his first Whimmydiddle.

“We came out here because the new thing out there is arts and crafts,” he said. “We came out to see what’s going on and to buy a few crafts.”

Graves, who moved to Satanta less than two years ago from Missouri, said it is a tremendous event.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s different and unique.”

Kendra Kendrick from Scott City said she usually attends Whimmydiddle for a few hours every year.

“It’s just fun to look around (at the arts and crafts),” she said. “It’s far bigger than anything else we have.”

Michael is a reporter for the Garden City Telegram.